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FBI search warrant shows Trump under investigation for potential obstruction of justice, spy law violations

The order shows that federal law enforcement was investigating Trump for removing or destroying documents, obstructing justice and violating the Espionage Act — which may include crimes beyond espionage, such as refusing to return national security documents on request. to give. Conviction under the statutes can lead to jail time or fines.

The documents, unsealed after the Justice Department requested their disclosure amid relentless attacks by Trump and his GOP allies, underscore the extraordinary threat to national security that federal investigators believed the missing documents had been presented. Concern grew so acute that Attorney General Merrick Garland approved last week’s unprecedented search of Trump’s estate.

The disclosure of the documents comes four days after Trump publicly confirmed the FBI’s court-authorized search of his Mar-a-Lago home, rallying his political allies to unleash fierce criticism on federal investigators. But the details in the arrest warrant underscore the seriousness of the investigation — an unprecedented investigation into a former president for mishandling some of the country’s most sensitive secrets.

Trump alleges since Monday that he spent months working with National Archives and FBI investigators and that the unannounced search was an unnecessary escalation. But after several rounds of negotiations in which materials were recovered by the archives, federal investigators concluded that Trump had not returned everything in his possession.

The search warrant, signed Aug. 5 by Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, revealed that dozens of items had been seized, most described in vague terms such as “leather box of documents,” “folder of photos” and “handwritten note.”

Other items on the list indicate the presence of classified material and describe them as “miscellaneous top secret documents” and “miscellaneous confidential documents”.

Stone’s attorney Grant Smith said Trump’s longtime ally “has no knowledge of the facts surrounding his pardon papers appearing on the inventory of seized items from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.”

Shortly after 3 p.m., the Justice Department confirmed that Trump’s attorneys would not oppose the public release of the search warrant and the underlying receipt of materials, which had already begun to circulate widely.

Meridith McGraw contributed to reporting.

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